Agenda item



Councillors Boughton and English stated that they had been lobbied.


The Committee considered the report and the urgent update reports of the Head of Planning and Development. 


The Principal Planning Officer advised the Committee that, having regard to advice received from the Head of Legal Partnership, it was suggested that reference to the setting up of a management company to deal with parking enforcement and upkeep of any common areas within the site be removed from the Heads of Terms of the proposed S106 legal agreement and that the issue be dealt with by the imposition of the following condition to replace original condition 19:


Prior to the first occupation, a plan for the management of the communal areas of the site and estate roads shall be submitted for approval by the Local Planning Authority.  Such a plan should include the following:


The areas within the scope of the management plan and the maintenance requirements of these;

Method and works schedule for maintaining communal areas and estate roads;

Details of the parking control measures to be implemented within estate and access roads;

Details on the enforcement of parking control measures;

The setting up of an appropriate management body;

The legal and funding mechanism(s) by which the long term implementation of the plan will be secured by the developer with the management body(ies) responsible for its delivery; and

Ongoing monitoring of implementation of the plan.


The approved plan will be implemented in full accordance with the approved details and retained in operation thereafter.


Reason:  To ensure the amenity of residents and the character and appearance of the development.


Mr Thurlow addressed the meeting on behalf of the applicant.




1.  Thatsubject to the prior completion of a S106 legal agreement in such terms as the Head of Legal Partnership may advise to secure the following:


·  A financial contribution of £2,360.96 per applicable house and £590.24 per applicable flat towards an extension to South Borough Primary School to allow permanent expansion to 2 Form Entry;


·  A financial contribution of £2,359.80 per applicable house and £589.95 per applicable flat towards the first phase of expansion of Maplesden Noakes School;


·  A financial contribution of £48.02 per dwelling towards additional book stock required to mitigate the impact of the new borrowers from this development;


·  A financial contribution of £30.70 towards community learning facilities; specifically towards portable equipment for the new adult learners in Maidstone;


·  A financial contribution of £8.49 per dwelling towards additional equipment to be supplied to InfoZone Youth Centre for the new attendees;


·  A financial contribution of £55,296.00 to deliver investment in The Vine Practice, Lockmeadow Clinic or The College Practice; and


·  A financial contribution of £1,575.00 per dwelling towards the resurfacing of the MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area), tennis courts and pathways within Clare Park as well as improvements to the bowls green, general maintenance, improvements and refurbishments of existing equipment of sports, play and ancillary items of Cornwallis Park or the improvement of paths, signage, shrub planting, tree improvement works, bins, benches and encouragement of access to the River Medway Area within the Maidstone Town Centre,


the Head of Planning and Development be given delegated powers to grant outline permission subject to the conditions and informatives set out in the report, as amended by the urgent update reports and by the Principal Planning Officer at the meeting (including the deletion of condition 15), and the additional conditions and informatives set out in the urgent update reports, with an additional condition and additional informatives as follows:


Additional Condition


The details submitted pursuant to condition 1 shall show all buildings to have a minimum set back of 7m from the front (northern) boundary of the site.


Reason:  To ensure a satisfactory appearance to the development in its context.


Additional Informatives


The reserved matters application will be reported to the Planning Committee to consider the details of access, layout, scale, landscaping and appearance, as Members of the Planning Committee consider this to be a key site due to its prominent location adjacent to the railway station.  In particular, Members of the Planning Committee want to address the set back of the development from Tonbridge Road and the elevational treatments to be used in the buildings.


When submitting the reserved matters application, the applicant is strongly encouraged to implement a staggered approach to the building line proposed along the front (northern) boundary of the site.


The applicant is advised that the Members of the Planning Committee wish to see high quality elevational materials used within the scheme such as panelling and tinted glass rather than render.


2.  That the Head of Planning and Development be given delegated powers to agree conditions as necessary to facilitate a phased approach to the development.


Voting:  10 – For  0 – Against  3 – Abstentions


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